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Specialty clinic seen as boon to area

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Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 4:30 am

During an event celebrating the opening of the multi-specialty pediatric clinic next door to McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White, it was pointed out the campus still has plenty of acreage on which to build and there are people making plans for those open spaces.

The children’s hospital opened in October 2012 and ground was broken on the clinic 10 months later.

The clinic brings together pediatric specialties and subspecialties, Dr. Reddy Beeram, McLane Children’s physician-in-chief and chairman of pediatrics at Scott & White Healthcare, said on Thursday.

The setup of the clinic is different from most, Beeram said.

The Pediatric Neurosciences Center groups together child psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology and child development.

The Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is a key feature of the building. The new 8,000-square-foot center more than doubles the size of the previous space.

“We have good breadth and depth of specialists to take care of children here in Central Texas,” Beeram said. “We have all the other specialties — cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology — any specialty, you name it, we have it here in this building, right next to the children’s hospital.”

The character of a community is evident based on how it cares for its children, said Dr. Robert Pryor, president, chief operating officer and chief medical officer for Baylor Scott & White.

Baylor Scott & White has 43 hospitals, 500 clinical sites and covers an area bigger than New England, Pryor said.

“Of all that area, acute care in pediatrics is centered here at McLane Children’s Hospital,” he said.

Scott and Christy Cosper were on hand for the event with their daughters.

Kaitlyn, 8, was born with a pituitary gland problem and wound up on life support when she was three days old.

It took three years to get Kaitlyn back to normal and she is now a thriving competitive gymnast who is excelling in school, Scott Cosper said.

“As a result of the tremendous care that we received at children’s hospital you would never guess she’s had serious medical problems” he said. “We’re glad to have the opportunity to come here and celebrate these successes that will serve hundreds and thousands of children in our community over the next several decades.”

The impact of the McLane Children’s Hospital and clinics is going to be immeasurable, said Drayton McLane Jr., chairman of Baylor Scott & White board of trustees.

“This is going to be a magnet. People will come here from several hundred miles and probably from several states,” McLane said. “It’s going to be important to our industrial development. People want to move where there are great health care facilities.”

Scott & White Healthcare has grown significantly throughout Central Texas over the past few years and it’s good to see growth in Temple, said Dr. Robert Probe, chairman of the Scott & White board of directors.

Pediatrics has led the way in growth within the Scott & White system, which is illustrated by the neighborhood clinics, McLane Children’s Hospital and now the specialty clinic, Probe said.

“There’s no partnership that is as important to us than the partnership we have with Baylor Scott & White and McLane Children’s Hospital,” Temple Mayor Danny Dunn said.

Residents expect the best quality of life, and with the expansion of the pediatric services, now every part of the population is being offered world-class medical care, he said.

The $32 million, five-story, 112,000-square-foot building houses more than 80 providers and 135 exams room, 13 treatment rooms, eight specialty rooms, a drive-through pharmacy, lab and X-ray.

The clinic is a dream for parents, said Dell Ingram-Walker, McLane Children’s outpatient services administrator. It combines service and removes guesswork when attempting to locate pediatric services.

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